11 Jun Thu - 10th Week in Ordinary Time St Barnabas, Apostle

6/11/2020 7:07:31 PM
Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3 /Ps. 98(97):1-6 / Mk 10:7-13 (Ps Wk II)

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After Pentecost, many believed in Jesus Christ. As a result, the authorities persecuted believers. To escape per-secution, the believers went to other places. Some of them went to Antioch. Through them, the good news was pro-claimed. Many believed and were converted.

The mother Church in Jerusalem heard about this and sent Barnabas to Antioch to check out the situation. Living out the meaning of his name as "encourager", Barnabas, after he had confirmed that "God had given grace", encouraged the Christians to "remain faithful to the Lord with heartfelt devotion" (v 23). In addition, through his encouragement "a large number of people were won over to the Lord" (v 25).

Besides encouraging the Christians and the people of Antioch, Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. Barnabas realised that the new Christians needed to be fol-lowed up and trained in their new-found Christian faith. What better person to help him than Saul (a former Pharisee trained under Gamaliel, the finest Jewish teacher at that time)?

Saul went to Antioch and stayed with Barnabas. Together, they instructed the new Christians for a whole year. After some time, God spoke to the leaders in the Church at Antioch, and they commissioned Barnabas and Saul for their first missionary journey.

Lord, help us to be attentive to Your voice and do whatever You ask. 
  

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6月11日( 四 )   常年期第十週   聖巴爾納伯宗徒紀念

宗徒大事錄 11:21-26;13:1-3
聖詠 98[97]:1,2-3,3-4,5-6
瑪竇福音 10:7-13


在瑪竇福音裏,耶穌第一次派遣門徒傳教,並要求他們把平安帶給別人。門徒傳教時所擁有和依賴的不是金銀銅錢,不是衣鞋棍杖,而是基督的平安。

平安,是一份美好的願望更是基督安放在我們心中的禮物和恩典。門徒對所到之處的查問就像是基督對我們的查問,我們是否能當得起基督的平安臨到呢?倘若我們也一樣不堪,就像那些不堪當的人家,平安便離我們而去。那橫在我們與平安之間的阻隔便是罪惡。如今紛繁複雜的社會環境,琳琅滿目的各種迷惑,也都會蒙蔽我們,使我們體會不到真正的平安,並成為那不堪當的。

我們需要時刻自省,預備心靈,邀請基督的平安留下。耶穌對平安的許諾和恩賜,就像門徒們來到別人家裏一樣,是確實的臨到;並且一旦平安住下,就不會被奪去。也許別人能奪去我們的食物、錢財、自由,甚至性命,但唯有基督的平安是最長久、最富足的財寶。

主基督,願祢安放在我們內心的平安,常提醒我們遠離罪惡的沾染,時常想念並體會祢平安的臨到。


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